Pension Disputes Bulletin – Winter 2022

Here is the latest edition of our regular Pension Disputes Bulletin which contains summaries of key cases, Ombudsman decisions and regulatory activity and highlights emerging risks for pension schemes, providers, sponsors, administrators, and other service providers. In this edition, we cover the implications of: a recent judgment on the operation of a scheme’s forfeiture rule … Read more

PPF significantly reduces levy estimate and seeks views on future levy design

The Pension Protection Fund (PPF) has announced that it plans to significantly reduce the amount it expects to collect through the PPF levy from 2023/24 onwards. This follows a review by the PPF of its Long-Term Funding Strategy. In light of its strong financial position, driven by strong investment performance and changes in the risk … Read more

New long-term funding requirements for DB schemes – Are they fit for purpose?

In the latest podcast from Herbert Smith Freehills’ pension team, Tim Smith, Professional Support Consultant, is joined by Jon Forsyth, Partner and Actuary at LCP, to discuss the Government’s proposals regarding the need for defined benefit (DB) schemes to implement a long-term funding and investment strategy. In particular, Tim and Jon discuss:  the likely impact … Read more

Pensions Regulator issues statement on LDI

The Pensions Regulator has issued a statement in which it sets out the actions trustees of defined benefit (DB) and defined contribution (DC) schemes should consider before the end of the Bank of England’s gilt purchase scheme and in the near-term as they navigate continued market volatility. The actions trustees of DB schemes might need … Read more

Pensions and Bulk Annuities Ep5 – Just three tips for planning a buy-out

In the latest podcast from Herbert Smith Freehills’ pension team, Mark Howard, Of Counsel is joined by Prashant Mehta, Business Development Manager at Just. In their conversation, Mark and Prash cover: • Top three tips for Trustees and Employers looking to enter into a Bulk Purchase Annuity; • What Just does to help schemes get … Read more

Pensions Planner – Autumn 2022

Here is the latest edition of our Pensions Planner, which will help you identify the key pension issues your scheme or organisation needs to address in the coming months. The latest edition covers: the steps schemes need to take to prepare for pensions dashboards the potential impact of the new long-term funding and investment requirements … Read more

New legislation will require DB schemes to target low risk funding and investment strategy

After a significant delay, the Government has finally published its consultation on draft regulations that will underpin the new long-term funding and investment requirements for UK defined benefit (DB) occupational pension schemes contained in the Pension Schemes Act 2021. These new requirements are designed to drive DB schemes towards a “low dependency” funding level by … Read more

What can we learn from the Pension Regulator’s Corporate Plan?

The UK Pension Regulator has published its latest Corporate Plan which describes the Regulator’s main areas of focus over the next two years. The Plan provides important updates on the timing of the new DB funding Code and the extension of the notifiable events regime, as it sets out the key actions we can expect … Read more

Pensions and Bulk Annuities – Ep 3

In the latest podcast from Herbert Smith Freehills’ pension team, Rachel Pinto, Partner, is joined by Simon Bramwell, Partner and Head of Longevity Risk Transactions at Barnett Waddingham and Matt Wilmington, Head of Origination – Bulk Annuities at Scottish Widows. In their conversation, Rachel, Simon and Matt cover: the preparations that schemes need to make … Read more